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SGI-USA members celebrate the grand opening of the El Monte Buddhist Center on Oct. 3, 2021.

El Monte Buddhist Center Opens

El Monte, California, Oct. 3, 2021—Following a year of unprecedented challenges brought on by COVID-19, the members of La Puente and East Los Angeles San Gabriel Valley Regions joyfully celebrated the grand opening of the SGI-USA El Monte…

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Opening—SGI-USA members give a rousing welcome at the opening of the Seattle Buddhist Center, Seattle, Oct. 3, 2021. Photo by Stephanie Araiza.

Castle of Seattle Kosen-rufu Opens

Seattle, Oct. 3, 2021—Sixty-one years ago, Ikeda Sensei visited Seattle,[1] taking in the Douglas firs dotting the highway and boat traffic winding its way through the Ballard Locks. This past October, the same month as his visit, members from…

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This Month in Soka Gakkai History

10/2 World Peace Day Oct. 2, 1960: Ikeda Sensei departed for his first overseas trip to realize the ideals of his mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda. Later, this day became known as “World Peace Day.” (See The…

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New Orleans Unbowed by Ida

Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2021, 16 years to the day after the landfall of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. SGI-USA Central Territory Leader James Herrmann spoke with the World Tribune about the incredible strength of the local members…

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Standing at the Vanguard as Bodhisattvas With Pride

Over 1,000 members, guests and allies of the LGBTQ community gathered on Aug. 28 for a dynamic live webinar hosted by the Courageous Freedom Group under the banner “Buddhahood of Pride.” The virtual conference opened with these lines from…

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